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  1. #111
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    900 barrels. One is a honey barrel, and tastes very good. 899 are mediocre? That's what I'm hearing y'all say?
    You know that's what happened with Bourbon Supreme. The one honey barrel went to the reviewers. You bunkered the rest and bring it out to haze GBS newbies!
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  2. #112
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcg9779 View Post
    You know that's what happened with Bourbon Supreme. The one honey barrel went to the reviewers. You bunkered the rest and bring it out to haze GBS newbies!
    Wait a minute . . . THAT wasn't one of the honey barrels???
    Gary
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  3. #113
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Over in the Cleveland Black Bourbon thread, Chuck wrote:

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    What has never happened is one of these guys sending samples to the top whiskey reviewers. It's never happened. Wonder why?
    Rather than hijack that thread, I thought I'd ask here - how do reviewers
    obtain their samples? Are you contacted via your blog or website asking
    for a mailing address? That seems most likely and I'm sure you would want
    to confirm a distillery connection before offering up personal information
    but is it possible that some of the smaller/micro distillers aren't aware of
    who the "top whiskey reviewers" are?

    Not trying to stir any pots - am just genuinely curious.
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  4. #114
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    If I'm going to produce a brand of whisky you can bet I'll darn sure find out who the best reviewers are, if only to learn who to avoid.

  5. #115
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Actually, as John Q speculated, the first contact I have with someone is usually an email asking if they can send me something and asking for the best address. I always reply with a 'no promises' disclaimer. I do sometimes get things out of the blue. Call me crazy, but I'm not going to put something in my body until I know a little bit about who sent it.

    Sometimes it's a PR agency, sometimes it's PR staff at the producer, sometimes (with micros) it's the proprietor or distiller who contacts me. As for how they decide who they cultivate and who they don't, you'll have to ask them.

    Some of it is prety obvious. I have two books out, have written dozens of articles for WHISKY and Whisky Advocate (and others), have published a newsletter for almost 20 years, and have operated a blog for more than 6 years. I've been here on SB.com since the beginning. It's pretty easy to distinguish me from somebody who opened their Blogger account last week. All the producers care about is whether or not you are an influencer. They may pick one person over another because of a demographic they're trying to reach, so I imagine a female whiskey blogger will get more attention from producers than a male with similar credentials. A lot of it's hit or miss and sometimes when I'm on some of these press junkets, I'm surprised by some of the other people who are there, in terms of them seemingly having a very small reach. Heck, I think I have a very small reach but, realistically, I have more than most.

  6. #116
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    If I'm going to produce a brand of whisky you can bet I'll darn sure find out who the best reviewers are, if only to learn who to avoid.
    Yeah, that'd make sense but I didn't know if accessibility was an issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Actually, as John Q speculated, the first contact I have with someone is usually an email asking if they can send me something and asking for the best address. I always reply with a 'no promises' disclaimer. I do sometimes get things out of the blue. Call me crazy, but I'm not going to put something in my body until I know a little bit about who sent it.
    That's what I was wondering about. I was assuming that the samples sent
    were/are small sample bottles and not full, sealed bottles (which would be
    less suspect but not entirely without risk in some cases.)

    Regarding your "no promises" disclaimer - does that refer to your honest
    opinion (pro or con) after tasting the sample or that you may or may not
    actually review the sample (or a combination of both?)
    John Q.
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  7. #117
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    The 'no promises' disclaimer means I accept no obligation of any kind for accepting the sample.

 

 

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